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Continue fight for freedom, Gilani’s message to Kashmiri people

Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has appealed to the people of occupied Kashmir to continue their resistance against Indian brutality without losing courage. Gilani, in his first statement received by Kashmir Media Service from house arrest since the abolishing of occupied Kashmir’s special status by India on August 5, said there is no other alternative but...

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CCTV shows Syria-bound UK girls at Istanbul bus station

ISTANBUL: Security footage appears to show three British girls, believed to be heading for Syria to join the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group’s militants, waiting at a bus station in Istanbul before traveling to a Turkish town on the Syrian border. According to media rep­orts, close friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Shamima Begum and Amira Abase boarded a flight...

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North Korea Fires Missiles in Anger at South-US Military Drills

SEOUL: North Korea fired two missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation on Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula, and analysts saw the North's missile tests as a prelude to...

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ISIS releases 19 Syrian Christians as ransom paid

BEIRUT: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists on Sunday frees 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Syria last week, after a ransom was paid for their release, activists said. “Nineteen Assyrian hostages arrived on Sunday at the Church of Our Lady in Hasakeh after they were released by IS,” said Osama Edward, the director...

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Afghan avalanches, flooding death toll rises to near 250

KABUL: An Afghan provincial official says that the death toll from a massive avalanche in a mountainous valley near the capital Kabul rose to 198 as bulldozers and other machinery began clearing roads and rescue teams were able to reach remote villages that have been cut off for almost a week. Najimudin Khan, deputy provincial police chief of Panjshir province,...

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Obama to veto bill letting Congress weigh in on Iran deal

President Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the US Senate allowing Congress to discuss the deal United States and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities. A spokeswoman for White House's National Security Council said the President has been clear that now is not the time for Congress to pass additional legislation on Iran. She...

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BJP forms coalition government in Occupied Kashmir

OCCUPIED SRI NAGAR: India´s ruling Hindu nationalist party was Sunday sworn into government for the first time in occupied Kashmir after a power-sharing deal with a regional rival. Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have forged a coalition government after inconclusive elections two months ago for the IoK. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the...

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Former Mossad chief appeals Israelis not to vote Netanyahu

JERUSALEM: Former chief of Mossad appealed Israelis not to vote Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming election whose policies were disastrous for the country. Former Mossad head Meir Dagan urged Israelis not to vote Benjamin Netanyahu in the election to be held on March 17, 2015. While being interviewed by Israeli newspaper, Dagan said that Israel has not good reputation across the...

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Russians react to Boris Nemtsov shooting

MOSCOW: People have gathered to pay tribute to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday just meters from the Kremlin. It is not yet clear who was behind the attack but investigators suggested it had been meticulously planned. There was a mixed reaction as people on the streets of Moscow gave their views on the killing.

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Military operations force Boko Haram back to urban warfare

LAGOS: Bomb attacks in Nigerian towns and cities look likely to increase in the run-up to forthcoming elections, despite the military claiming increasing successes against Boko Haram in captured territory. At least 86 people were killed in explosions blamed on Boko Haram this week alone, all of them at crowded bus stations in the northeast, wider north and also in...

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Obama to host new Afghan leaders in March

WASHINGTON: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah are to visit the White House next month. Ghani has accepted an invitation to speak to a joint meeting of Congress at a time when the Obama administration is weighing whether to slow the pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from the country. The White House said Friday that Ghani and...

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Nine dead after shooting spree in Missouri

WASHINGTON: Nine people are dead following a mass murder in rural Missouri in which the suspected gunman took his own life, police in the Midwestern state said Friday. With an investigation still underway, it appeared that seven people were shot and killed in four different residences in the small Bible Belt town of Tyrone. An eighth person, described as an...

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N Korea steps up verbal threats ahead of US-S Korea military drills

SEOUL: North Korea vowed to wage a "merciless, sacred war" against the United States on Thursday, days before the launch of annual joint South Korea-US military exercises that have incensed Pyongyang. "Nuclear weapons are not a monopoly of the US," Rodong Sinmun, warned in an editorial. "The US is seriously mistaken if it thinks its mainland is safe," the editorial...

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Kurdish forces ‘capture strategic IS Syria bastion’

BEIRUT: Kurdish fighters seized a strategic Islamic State stronghold in Syria Friday in a move that could impede jihadist movements near the border with Iraq, where they also control large swathes of territory. Meanwhile, the United States and Turkey are to begin training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels for the fight against President Bashar al-Assad and IS. The main Kurdish...

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Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

MOSCOW: Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister who was an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead meters from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back, the Interior Ministry said. A police spokeswoman on the scene said he had been walking on a...

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Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use of its airspace to strike Iran: Report

Saudi Arabia has reportedly agreed to let Israel use its airspace to attack Iran if necessary, in exchange for “some kind of progress” on the Palestinian issue, an unnamed European official said. “The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi air space en route to attack Iran if an attack is necessary,” the report...

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3 men arrested in California kidnapping, sexual assault case

CALIFORNIA: Three men were arrested in the case of a woman who reported being held captive and sexually abused for almost two months, authorities said. Investigators believe Jose Angel Barajas-Mireles masterminded the kidnapping of the 22 year old woman, who was held against her will in a rural home in Santa Rosa since the holidays, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office...

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